Orcwort

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An orcwort is a walking, bloodthirsty terror that prefers to make its home on the fringe of a populated area. This giant plant wanders by night until it finds an appropriate spot to settle, then sinks some of its roots into the ground, making it seem that an immense tree has grown up in the spot overnight. Over the course of the next week, the orcwort produces five to twenty pods that, when mature, break open to release mobile fruits called wortlings. The parent plant then sends out its wortlings in hunting parties to bring back warm-blooded sustenance—usually livestock and humanoids.

An orcwort is capable of devouring the entire population of a small village in a single feeding. Once it has stripped an area of warm-blooded animal life, it moves on in search of other population centres.

COMBAT

Both the orcwort and its wortlings are effective Combatants. They share the following qualities.

Plant Traits (Ex): An orcwort or wortling is immune to poison, sleep, paralysis, stunning, and polymorph. It is not subject to critical hits or mind-affecting effects.

Woodsense (Ex): An orcwort or wortling can automatically sense the location of anything within 60 feet that is in contact with vegetation, even objects or creatures that are not in contact with the same vegetation as itself.

Skills and Feats: Orcworts and wortlings gain skills and feats as though they were plants.

Orcwort

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Colossal Plant

Hit Dice: 32d8+288 (432 hp)

Initiative: 2

Speed: 10 ft.

AC: 12 (-8 size, -2 Dex, +12 natural), touch 0, flat-footed 12

Attacks: 6 slams +30 melee

Damage: Slam 4d6+14

Face/Reach: 30 ft. /25 ft.

Special Attacks: Entangling roots, improved grab, paralysis, swallow whole

Special Qualities: DR 5/-, Plant Traits, Telepathy, Woodsense

Saves: Fort +27, Ref +8, Will +15

Abilities: Str 39, Dex 7, Con 29, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 8

Skills: Hide +19, Move Silently +35

Feats: Awesome Blow, Blind-Fight, Cleave, Endurance, Great Cleave, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Initiative, Improved Sunder, Iron Will, Power Attack, Stealthy

Climate/Terrain: Temperate or warm plains, hills, and marsh

Organization: Crop (1 orcwort plus 5-20 wortlings)

Challenge Rating: 20

Treasure: None

Alignment: Always neutral

Advancement: 33-64 HD (Colossal)

Level Adjustment: -

An orcwort looks like a gigantic, woody pitcher plant draped in thick creeper vines. It is crowned with a canopy of bramble-like branches and green, bushy foliage. Dormant wortling pods hang from the orcwort’s branches, resembling round, oversized prunes.

COMBAT

In Combat, an orcwort reaches out with its vines to entwine nearby prey. It then uses other tendrils to pick out choice victims one at a time and drop them into its open maw. An orcwort recalls any wortling raiding parties it has sent out whenever it is under attack.

Entangling Roots (Ex): As a free action, an orcwort can twist its roots around all creatures within 15 feet of it, holding them fast. This effect otherwise functions like an entangle spell (caster level 10th; save DC 24).

Improved Grab (Ex): If an orcwort hits a Gargantuan or smaller opponent with a slam attack, it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity (grapple bonus +54). If it gets a hold, it can transfer the opponent to its maw in the next round. Alternatively, the orcwort has the option to conduct the grapple normally, or simply use one tendril to hold the opponent (-20 penalty on grapple check, but the orcwort is not considered grappled). In either case, each successful grapple check it makes during successive rounds automatically deals slam damage.

Paralysis (Ex): An orcwort secretes digestive juices that can paralyze creatures in contact with it. Any creature swallowed by an orcwort must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC 35) or be paralyzed for 2d4 rounds.

Swallow Whole (Ex): An orcwort can swallow a Huge or smaller creature by making a successful grapple check (grapple bonus +54), provided it already has that opponent in its maw (see Improved Grab, above). Once inside the orcwort’s pitcher, the opponent takes 2d8+8 points of acid damage per round and is subject to the paralyzing effect of its digestive juices (see Paralysis, above). A successful grapple check allows a swallowed creature to climb out of the pitcher (assuming it is not paralyzed) and return to the orcwort’s maw, where another successful grapple check is needed to get free. Alternatively, a swallowed creature can try to cut its way out with either claws or a light piercing or slashing weapon. Dealing at least 20 points of damage to the pitcher (AC 16) in this way creates an opening large enough to permit escape. Once a single swallowed creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; thus, another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out. The orcwort’s pitcher can hold 2 Huge, 8 Large, 32 Medium-size, or 128 Small or smaller creatures.

Telepathy (Su): An orcwort can communicate telepathically with any of its wortlings within fifteen miles.

Wortling

Small Plant

Hit Dice: 3d8 (13 hp)

Initiative: 6

Speed: 30 ft., climb 15 ft.

AC: 16 (+1 size, +2 Dex, +3 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 14

Attacks: 2 claws +5 melee

Damage: Claw 1d3+2 plus poison

Face/Reach: 5 ft. /5 ft.

Special Attacks: Poison, swarming

Special Qualities: DR 5/bludgeoning or slashing, Plantmind, Plant Traits, Woodsense

Saves: Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +1

Abilities: Str 15, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 6

Skills: Climb +10, Hide +11, Move Silently +7;

Feats: Improved Initiative, Stealthy

Climate/Terrain: Temperate or warm plains, hills, and marsh

Organization: Band (5-20)

Challenge Rating: 3

Treasure: None

Alignment: Always neutral

Advancement: 4-9 HD (Medium-size)

Level Adjustment: -

Wortlings are the mature fruits of the orcwort plant. When one of the orcwort’s pods ripens, it falls to the ground and breaks open to release a wortling.

When first "hatched," a wortling resembles a small, wrinkled, purple orc. Its body seems portly, and its arms and legs are somewhat lumpy compared with those of a real humanoid. Although its face resembles that of a humanoid, a wortling is blind and cannot speak, hear, or smell—its apparent sensory organs are merely blobs of plant tissue with no actual function.

A hungry orcwort dispatches up to twenty of its "ripe" wortlings at a time to hunt food and bring it back. The wortlings navigate terrain using their woodsense. When on the prowl, wortlings seek out Medium-size or smaller prey because such creatures are easier to transport back to the parent plant than larger creatures.

The average life span of a wortling is 1d4+1 days. If any wortlings are left alive when the parent plant is ready to move on, the orcwort commands them to arrange themselves well apart from each other at the extreme range of its telepathy and root themselves. If left undisturbed for one year, each of these wortlings grows into a new orcwort, which pulls up its roots and begins looking for food. During its maturation period, a rooted wortling is immobile and helpless.

COMBAT

Wortlings use very simple tactics — overwhelm, subdue, and return with the food. In melee, they prefer to gang up on one foe rather than attack separate enemies. They fight with a great sense of urgency, and when they do manage to bring down a foe, a few of them immediately carry off their prize to feed the orcwort, leaving any remaining wortlings to continue the hunt. They never willingly enter areas without natural vegetation because they are effectively blind in such places.

Poison (Ex): A wortling delivers its poison (Fortitude save DC 11) with each successful claw attack. The initial damage is sleep for 1 minute, and the secondary damage is sleep for 1d10 minutes. Both of these sleep effects work only against living creatures but otherwise function as the spell of the same name.

Swarming (Ex): Wortlings can swarm over and around each other with ease, so up to three of them can occupy the same 5-foot-by-5-foot space. They are likewise adept at attacking as a group; for every wortling that is grappling a foe (grapple bonus +0), every wortling gets a +1 competence bonus on attack rolls against that foe.

Plantmind (Ex): All wortlings within fifteen miles of their orcwort parent are in constant communication. If one is aware of a particular danger, they all are. If one in a particular group is not flat-footed, none of them are. No wortling in such a group is considered flanked unless they all are.